7 Reasons why you should eat insects

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Eating bugs may not seem appetizing, but according to John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), insects are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can’t be ignored.

Here are seven reasons why you should eat insects:

  1. High in protein — A cricket is 65 percent protein whereas beef is about 50 percent.
  2. High in other nutrients — Insect protein contains a good range of amino acids and they also contain vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  3. Low in fat — Many insect species have less than 5 grams of fat per serving.
  4. Good for the environment — Insect farming can be a more sustainable practice because insects don’t need much space, can live under all sorts of conditions and easy to feed.
  5. Can be eaten a variety of ways — Insects can be pan-fried, boiled, sautéed, roasted, or baked with a bit of oil and salt. They can also be made into flour and used for bars, breads, crackers, and cookies.
  6. Abundant — Some parts of the world have over 300 species of insects. Something for everyone!
  7. Taste great — People describe the taste of insects as nutty with a similar flavor to shrimp and chicken. Grasshoppers, ant eggs, and wasps are considered a delicacy in several countries.



Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). “Seven reasons to eat insects.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150609124315.htm>.




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  1. Avatar Steve September 23rd, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    While its true that ethnicity is a big challenge in Kenya and its politics, ethnicity remains an innocent word until it is politicised and mobilised largely for political and personal gains.We cannot change the ethnic communities and groups we were born, but we can change how we play,see, act, do and perceive politics. This is the challenge we all must take up, and media would play a major role in this as opinion shaper and mobiliser of ideas. Keep up! 

  2. Avatar Emmanuel September 23rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Steve, I couldn’t agree with you more. The media is playing a big part in fanning this politics of hatred. Why can’t we just give politics and politicians a black-out? Why does every news headline (both print and digital) start with politics? Why does out TV stations spend 3/4 of their broadcast time “politicking”? I am not entirely blaming the media but I believe they can help depoliticize Kenya. Well, they may be making great sales from politics but soon, we’ll be burning our neighbors and then there will be no one else to buy the newspapers.

    Just my thoughts…



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